I’m taking the easy road today, and posting an article that touched me, written by Rick Warren, the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA and the author of “The Purpose Driven Life”. I receive his daily devotional e-newsletter, called “The Purpose Driven Connection”, and this post from March 25th falls in line with my health and wellness vision for “Health From the Inside”, so I wanted to be sure that I shared it with as many people as I could!
Today’s Devotional is based on this passage: “You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands” (Psalm 119:73 NLT)
The Bible mentions three habits that will refresh you physically and give you the strength to love others.
1. Get regular rest. “It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, fearing you will starve to death; for God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest” (Psalm 127:2 LB). Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap. Too tired to love your spouse and kids? Your problem isn’t spiritual, it’s physical. Get some sleep!
2. Eat a balanced diet. “You made my body, Lord; now give me sense to heed your laws” (Psalm 119:73 LB). God made your body to use a certain combination of foods as its energy source. Eating right will help give you the energy you need to love more faithfully.
3. Exercise regularly. “…Honor the Lord with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:20 NIV). Our bodies were made for activity. In biblical times they didn’t have to exercise. People walked everywhere. They did physical work. But we have a sedentary life and drive everywhere we go. We need to exercise regularly.